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4430 - IN SEARCH FOR MANAGERIAL UNIVERSALISM: A POST-COLONIAL ANALYSIS OF CHANGE PROCESS IN LATIN AMERICAN FIRMS

The purpose of this paper is to present a framework for analyzing diverse forms of appropriation of foreign knowledge by Latin American business organizations. Based on post-colonial theory I identify instances where foreign practices do not seem to fit local cultures, and there is external pressure for managerial standardization; or where there is a local desire to emulate practices perceived as and assumed to lead to improved performance; or where there is an organizational ideology favoring ‘managerial universalism.’

The main assumption in this framework is that Latin American business organizations undergo a process of appropriation of foreign knowledge through managerial models derived from the influence of multinationals in the region, and through management education programs. Thus, there is a need for understanding the change process by which Latin American organizations learn international models of management and interpret them.

Palabras claves: Management, Latin American Firms, Post-Colonial Theory, Knowledge

Autores: Davila, Anabella (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico / Mexiko)

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